WIO Arthur Tuda is a marine and coastal management expert with over 25 years of experience managing marine protected areas (MPAs) and coastal areas. He spent 20 years working with the Kenya Wildlife Service on marine and coastal conservation. Arthur is currently the Executive Director of the Western Indian Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), a regional science organization dedicated to science-based management of the western Indian Ocean. 🌊
Arthur has worked in a variety of fields, including fisheries, marine and coastal management, marine spatial planning, and policy. He has contributed to science through his numerous publications on marine protected area management and governance in the WIO. His research focus is on ocean governance and marine protected areas.
In the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), Arthur has made significant contributions to marine conservation by assisting MPAs in developing adaptive co-management systems and improving management effectiveness. He has been instrumental in the development of numerous tools to support management of MPAs and Locally Managed Marine Areas in the WIO region, including the MPA toolkit and the LMMA guidebook for Kenya and Tanzania. He has received numerous awards for his leadership in marine conservation, including certification as a level 3 MPA-Pro. He is the founder and leader of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Area Practitioners Network (WIOMPAN), which brings together marine conservation managers to help manage the region’s network of MPAs.
Arthur holds a PhD in Marine and Coastal Management.